Tax Abatements

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Columbus City Council is looking at an evaluation of its tax incentive program Monday night.  

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Columbus City Council will consider a new tax abatement policy during Monday night's regular meeting, as well as a modest slate of amendments to make the measure more stringent.

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Columbus City Council on Monday gave the green light to a proposed fall ballot initiative that would ban oil and gas drilling within the city. 

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
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The 200-plus apartment development River and Rich is nearing completion on Franklinton’s east side. The hum of heavy machinery and the staccato thump of nail guns played in the background last week as city leaders gathered to pitch a revamped tax abatement plan.

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
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Columbus leaders baked in the Tuesday morning sun at River And Rich to promote a new tax abatement strategy aimed at increasing Columbus’ stock of affordable housing.

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The city of Columbus will not penalize a Short North developer that received tax abatements but did not deliver on promised jobs.

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Columbus's leading progressive political group is not happy with the tax incentive policy the city announced Monday.

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The city of Columbus is overhauling its tax incentive policies to focus on increasing the availability of affordable housing in thriving neighborhoods like the Short North.

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Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer announced in September it would invest more than $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs paying six-figure salaries in the city of its newest headquarters. Coming up we look at how some local governments are doing whatever it takes to be selected.

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With a package full of property-tax incentives, income tax refunds and transportation plans, Columbus threw its proverbial hat in the ring to become the site of Amazon's second corporate headquarters.

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Earlier this year, the city of Columbus commissioned a study on the use of tax incentives in four different neighborhoods: the Short North, Linden, Near Eastside, and the Hilltop. Researchers found that in the Short North, generous tax abatements were not necessary to spur certain types of residential development.


On Thursday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a tax abatement worth $68 million for Easton Town Center, the second-largest job center in the city. Ginther says the new agreement will also provide an economic boost for the neighboring Linden area.

The following transcript is from an interview with Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther on the use of  Community Reinvestment Areas, which are designed to stimulate revitalization, attract new residents and private development in certain areas of Columbus.

The interview was conducted for the story, Columbus Awards Tax Breaks In Thriving Short North.